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I am overwhelmed and so very grateful for all the love, support and prayers from Pagosa friends after Jack’s tragic accident at Wolf Creek on Jan. 9. Heartfelt thanks to everyone at the ski area — Ski Patrol, EMTs, the Alamosa doctor whose name I did not get, the Pitcher family and Forest Service — and to our friends Jim Gregory and Bob Howenstine who were skiing with us that sad day. I am also greatly appreciative of the cards, notes, visits, phone calls, tributes, flowers and donations from golfing, water aerobics, Audubon, tai chi, yoga and Gray Wolf Ski Club friends, as well as from neighbors, local Democrats, Pagosa Fire District chaplain Lee Vorhies, and so many other dear friends in this very special community. I never could have made it through this tragedy without you.
Thanks to all of you, in time I will be able to smile and ski again for Jack. Joan Didion wrote: “Life changes in the instant, the ordinary instant.” Jack taught us to live our lives to the fullest, and he would want us all to fill every day with laughter and joy.
A big thank you to Lisa and Bill Stine from Quest Aerospace for donating model rockets and a launch pad to Pagosa Springs High School’s Senior Problem Solving Class.
Another big thank you to Briliam Engineering for creating the University of Colorado Women in Engineering Scholarship. This pays for female students in Pagosa to travel to CU, meet the engineering department and work with professors on engineering projects at CU.
Archuleta Seniors, Inc. are grateful to those nominating our organization for the Chamber’s 2012 Non-Profit Organization of the Year. We were in the top five (there are over 50 non-profit groups in our area) and we received a Certificate of Appreciation. We would not be as successful as we are without the enthusiastic cooperation of the media, donations in funds and food for our fundraising events and all of the wonderful people of our community that come to our events and help to support our assistance to seniors in Archuleta County with their medical bills. We had 1,056 members last year, and assisted 43 people with outstanding medical expenses which totalled $15,500. Thank you for your support. Congratulations to Joan Ward (Volunteer of 2012) and the Chimney Rock Interpretive Assn. for being chosen the Number One Non-Profit in 2012.